The Armed Forces Cycling Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary in Arlington
The Armed Forces Cycling Classic (AFCC), presented by The Boeing Company, will celebrate its 25th edition as the DMV region’s premier cycling event when it returns to Arlington, VA over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2023, with the events beginning in Crystal City / National Landing on Saturday and concluding in Clarendon on Sunday. Cycling weekend kicks off during World Bicycle Day (June 3rd) which celebrates the joy of cycling.
The weekend’s action begins early on Saturday, June 3rd in Crystal City/National Landing with the Challenge Ride of the Armed Forces Cycling Classic. The ride is a closed course open to cycling enthusiasts of all skill levels, from casual amateurs to serious competitors, as well as corporate challenge teams and participants from all branches of the armed forces. Saturday continues with the Women’s Pro/AM race as they begin their hunt for the weekend’s Omnium Total (consistent finisher over the two days), the Kids Race (9 and under) and culminate with Day 1 of the Men’s Pro /Am. The 25th annual Clarendon Cup takes place on Sunday 4th June and includes the 2nd day of Pro/AM races for both women and men where the talented winners are announced on the legendary 1km course around the Clarendon Metro are given.
The main event of the AFCC will feature the country’s best male and female professional cyclists over two days of exciting racing. The AFCC has also become a nationally heralded event recognized for: the long tradition of honoring the history of the sport, celebrating the sport’s growing diversity, its place in the community with the ability to offer participation to cyclists of all ages and abilities , and she proudly supports those affected by the loss of loved ones who served in our armed forces.
This year, Amazon is encouraging other companies and organizations to form teams to participate in the Amazon Corporate Challenge. Teams participate in the challenge ride and are also invited to raise funds for the event’s beneficiary, Tragedy Assistance for Survivors (TAPS), who cares for the families of America’s fallen heroes. The three best fundraising teams will be awarded on stage after the Challenge Ride.
“I’m very proud that the Classic has proven itself with our 25th edition,” said Rob Laybourn, founder, organizer and promoter of the Armed Forces Cycling Classic. “Cycling as a sport or for leisure is growing and evolving in many ways. We aim to continue to develop this event by introducing more people to cycling as a whole, while also contributing positive value to the community and the sport.”
Armed Forces Cycling Classic weekend activities offer many exciting opportunities for riders and cycling fans alike to participate. To register for the AFCC Challenge Ride 2023, Corporate Challenge Ride, Pro/Am Race or Kids Race; Receive information about volunteer opportunities; become a sponsor; or to learn how to catch the fast-paced action of professional cycling in the Washington area, visit cycling classic.org.
Media interested in media credits for the event weekend can contact Maurisa Potts at [email protected].
What: Armed Forces Cycling Classic
When: June 3 & 4, 2023
Where: National Landing/Crystal City & Clarendon
Time: Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sunday 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Cost to watch: Free
Weather plan: rain or shine